Defeat of the USA is Our Defeat."
By Kseniya Veretennikova, Vremya Novostei, September 25, 2003
to Yavlinsky, the defeat of the coalition troops in Iraq would mean Russia's
defeat, as it would incite terrorism and extremism on a global level.
Patching Things Up at Putin's Picnic
By Grigory Yavlinsky, The Moscow Times, June 6, 2003.
The top-level meetings held in St. Petersburg last weekend produced
positive results for Russia, Europe and the entire world.
Russia, U.S. Remain Divided, Despite Healing of War Rifts
By Gregory L. White, Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2003
But as the two presidents meet
in St. Petersburg this weekend for the first time since the war, there's
little sign they will be able to get the strategic partnership, stalled by
the war, back into high gear soon.
Nuclear Bomb in Stars and Stripes. Deputies Ordered
to reduce them
Interview with Alexei Arbatov by Marina Ozerova, Moskovskiy
Komsomolets, May 15, 2003
Yesterday the State Duma ratified the Treaty on
the Reduction of Offensive Potential, which was signed a year ago
by Presidents Putin and Bush.
DEPUTY LINKS RATIFICATION OF MOSCOW TREATY TO IRAQ
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 23, 2003
Arbatov noted that the conflict over Iraq "has exposed differences
in the two countries' approaches to solving key problems of international
security and stability."
reexamining its military
By David Filipov, Boston Globe, May 9, 2003
... the generals have resisted rapid change, and the
Russian Army today is merely a stripped down, impoverished
version of what it has been for decades -- a massive,
unwieldy conscript force built for 20th century battles
on the plains of Europe, with too many generals and
not enough battle-ready troops.
Victory Highlights Russian Weakness
By Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press, April
The quick defeat of Saddam Hussein's military, which
was modeled on the rigid Soviet war machine, at the
hands of a motivated high-tech adversary has thrown
a spotlight on the weakness of Russia's own crumbling
armed forces and strengthened the hand of proponents
of radical military reform.
Warn Against Knee-Jerk Anti-Americanism
By Sarah Karush, The Associated Press, April 17, 2003
Moscow was right to oppose Washington over Iraq,
but Russian leaders
must be cautious not to fall into Soviet-style, knee-jerk anti-Americanism
that might not always serve the country's interests, leading politicians
experts said Wednesday.
Lukin: "Don Rumata is Doomed…" Literary
and psychological analysis of the Iraqi crisis
Interview with Vladimir
Lukin by Alexander Nikonov, Ogonyok, No 13, April
...The regime is bad and no one will argue with that
statement: however, from the viewpoint of international
law, this does not give anybody the right to bring
Outlook: Will Russia Seize the Opportunity?
World Economic Forum, 01.02.2002 (Archive)
"The president is giving a very clear signal
to his partners that the relative success of the United
States in Afghanistan is only the end of the beginning,
and it is a very long story -- It is better, instead
of discussing these minor things which create new
problems, to start negotiating strategic military
and political alliances for the 21st century that
will have a dramatic impact on the internal political
situation in Russia as well."
Strategy of a Compromise
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Deloviye Ludi, March 24, 2003
We cannot neglect the fact that Europe’s borders,
separating the region from the most unstable and the
most dangerous parts of the world, run along Russia’s
borders. Their defense is an all-European concern.
Furthermore, a weak and unstable Russia would represent
an eternal breeding ground for terrorist threats.
Only a Bigger Europe, which takes advantage of the
territorial and intellectual potential and all other
resources of the former republics of the Soviet Union,
can complete globally on an equal footing with North
America and South-East Asia.
ties strained by war
By Anthony Louis, UPI, April 2, 2003
MOSCOW, April 2 (UPI) -- Russia-U.S. ties were further
strained by the war
in Iraq Wednesday when the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned U.S.
Ambassador Alexander Vershbow to protest the continued bombing of
of Baghdad, this time near the Russian Embassy.
Shows Fragility Of U.S.-Russia Links
By ALAN CULLISION and JEANNE WHALEN, Wall Street Journal,
April 1, 2003
"Even during the Cold War, when Moscow and Washington
hated each other, "ordinary people" really
liked Americans. Now, the sincere feeling on the street
... is taking on a bright anti-American character."
Bush ties expected to survive
By Alice Lagnado, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 1, 2003
"The war in Iraq will not be the transition to
a cold war between Russia and the USA, nor will it
ruin the Russian-American strategic relations. This
is not in our interests..."
experts on the situation around Iraq
Anchor - Vladimir Pozner, Channel One TV, "Vremena"
programme, March 30, 2003
We need to think and must not become emotional. It
is not Russia's war. We are not particularly interested
in the regime in Iraq after the war. We should not
be emotionally attached to Saddam Hussein's regime,
unlike some of our friends on the Left.
Yavlinsky: the Iraqi war will not spoil US-Russian
BBC Monitoring, Radio Mayak, March 29, 2003
"The USA committed a major political mistake,
which is leading to numerous casualties among civilian
population and troops. TheYabloko party believes that
there was no direct threat from Iraq at the time.
Although it was not easy to carry out inspections
and disarm Iraq, there was no direct cause for starting
Yavlinsky: "The President Alone Cannot Control
Interview with Grigory
Yavlinsky, Gazeta, March 25, 2003
Society needs an independent Duma. If we have an imitation
Duma instead of a real Duma, and the court and elections,
parties and politics are also an imitation, then we
may end up with an imitation of presidential power.
We should not forget about this.
Runs into the Moscow Fronde for the First Time
By Yulia Petrovskaya, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March 25, 2003
What is the real source
of this most recent tension in Russian-US relations, and what
are the implications of the military equipment story for Moscow?
We asked some experts.
Fires Back at Bush
By Simon Saradzhyan and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, March 26, 2003
The Kremlin fired a new salvo in the battle of words
between Moscow and Washington over Iraq on Tuesday, insisting that
it was President Vladimir Putin rather than his U.S. counterpart
who had initiated the discussion of alleged sales of Russian defense
equipment to Iraq during their last phone conversation.
seeks to pin blame for military failures in Iraq
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2003
of the State Duma Defence Committee Alexei
Arbatov announced at a Moscow press conference that the USA's
allegations that Russia had illegally exported weapons to Iraq were
part of a campaign to pin the blame on someone else for the US military's
failures in the current military operation in that country.
Arbatov: Politically the USA is losing the war in
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2003
campaign of the anti-Iraqi coalition is proceeding more or less
according to plan in purely military aspects. Politically, however,
the US has already begun to lose the war.
Arbatov: The CIS states supporting the US war against
Iraq are stating their reputation
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2003
Arbatov, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defence
Committee, stated at a press conference that the decision
taken by Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine
to support the US in their war against Iraq "besmirches
the Iraqi War Lead to Deterioration in Russia-US Relations?
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2003
The politician said that the United States
would demand the support of Russia and European countries, and
then when this was denied, would make accusations against other
YAvlinsky's statement on the military operation against
RIA Oreanda, March 20, 2003
Moscow. Such developments could have been avoided.
However, we failed in
this task. Unfortunately, it is highly likely that the military
will lead to a considerable number of victims on both sides.
Calls the Attack a Big Political Mistake
By Simon Saradzhyan and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, March 21, 2003
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday demanded an
immediate end to the U.S.-led military action against Iraq, denouncing
it as a "big political mistake" that threatens the existing
international security system and could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe
in the region.
Silent as Deadline Passes
By Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, March 20, 2003
Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov made an 11th-hour appeal
against war at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, while the Kremlin
was conspicuously silent in a clear signal that Russia didn't want
to burn any bridges with U.S. or European partners.
of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky
on the military operation against Iraq
Special statement for YABLOKO's web-site, March 20, 2003
...Russia must seek to achieve
First of all: to reduce the number of victims, by trying to ensure
a termination of the war as soon as possible. Secondly the conflict
will end and the situation will revert to a legal framework. This
happened several times after the Second World War and the formation
of the UN. Our country should preserve its strategic partnership
with Europe and the USA.
Finally the third objective...
Arbatov: United States Will Ask Russia, Europe and
the UN for Help
Interview with Alexei
Arbatov, Vremya Novostei, March 20, 2003
It's too late to change anything now. We should
have understood last autumn that Saddam Hussein's regime would
not survive, and started looking for other solutions to the problem
of weapons of mass destruction and replacing the regime, without
Develops in Russian Policy towards Iraq Crisis
By Igor Torbakov, eurasianet.org, March 18, 2003
While most in Moscow believe that a war with Iraq
will seriously damage Russian interests, a split is
developing over how Russia should respond to the imminent
outbreak of war. One side appears ready to continue
opposition to US military action, while the other
says that Russia ought to embrace a realpolitik approach,
and cooperate with the inevitable.
Yavlinsky: "Russia should not send a single soldier
to the war."
Ekho Moskvi radio station, March 19, 2003
Speaking in an interview with Russian Ekho Moskvy
radio on 19 March, Grigory
Yavlinsky said a large international contingent
should be amassed to bring political and military
pressure to bear on Iraq, but that action should stop
short of a large-scale military operation. In the
same interview, the Yabloko leader also cast doubts
on the value of the Chechen referendum, arguing that
only a peace conference chaired by the Russian President
could alter the situation in the republic.
proposes applying military-political pressure against
Baghdad instead of force
Interfax, March 18, 2003
The leader of YABLOKO Grigory
Yavlinsky proposes applying military-political
pressure against Saddam Hussein's regime to resolve
the Iraqi crisis, instead of sheer force.
Lukin: the President will speed up ratification of
the European Social Charter
MK-Novosti, March 15, 2003
"It is even good that things went this way,"
Lukin (YABLOKO), deputy speaker of the lower chamber
of the Russian parliament, in an interview with MK-Novosti,
on the rejection by the State Duma at its plenary
meeting on March 14, 2003, of the draft resolution,
calling on the President to speed up ratification
of the European Social Charter.
Yavlinsky: Russia will not veto US resolution on Iraq
Rosbalt, March 14, 2003
In the next few days Russia will take "unexpected
steps" regarding the situation in Iraq, claims
Yavlinsky, the leader of the YABLOKO party.
politicians react to US ambassador's veiled threats
over Iraq veto
Ekho Moskvi, March 12, 2003
But I still hope
that the Americans will define their interests soberly, set emotions
to one side and understand that in this particular situation postponing
the operation is not a defeat but a major victory, which the whole
world will greet with applause.
Delicate Balancing Game
By Catherine Belton,The Moscow Times, March 13, 2003
A vote on a new UN Security Council resolution, which the United
States insists will come this week, could be one of Putin's biggest
tests. The question on everyone's lips is how far he is willing
to stick his neck out in opposing a U.S. war in Iraq.
should join a cold war on Iraq
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Financial Times (UK), March
In the manner of Andrei Gromyko, his Soviet predecessor, Igor
Russia's foreign minister, now repeatedly suggests that Moscow
might veto a
second United Nations resolution on Iraq. Meanwhile, President
Putin has maintained a protracted silence. According to today's
Kremlinologists, this role-play can mean only two things...
and Russia Ready to Use Veto Against Iraq War
By John Tagliabue, The New York Times, March 6, 2003
PARIS, March 5 — France and Russia made clear today
that they were ready to use their veto power to block
passage of a new Security Council resolution authorizing
force against Iraq, but Secretary of State Colin L.
Powell said the United States would go to war without
United Nations backing if necessary.
Iraqi Crisis: the Moment of Truth.
By Alexei Arbatov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, No. 40, March
The situation around Iraq has entered a final pre-war
stage. For the whole world, the moment of truth is
at hand. The outcome of the crisis is set to determine
both regional and global politics for years to come,
with repercussions ranging from relationships among
the leading powers to the prospects of global law
and order, to the non-proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction and fighting international terrorism.
or After the War
By Viktor Sheinis, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March 3, 2003
The war of the US-led coalition against Saddam Hussein's
regime seems to be inevitable. How is Russia supposed
to behave in a situation which it hadn't provoked
and in which, let's be frank, hardly depends on it?
Opponents to war should realize that their protest is fruitless without an alternative. Peaceful means of changing the Baghdad' s policy or a change in the Iraqi regime.
Novaya Gazeta, February 20, 2003
The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO thinks that the Iraqi crisis can be resolved by stationing on Iraq’s borders a powerful international contingent of military forces to control the situation during the transitional period and ready to carry out immediate acts of force in the event of a corresponding political decision, as well as activisation and expansion of the scope of work of the UN inspectors.
YABLOKO proposes an alternative variant to resolve the Iraqi crisis
Rosbalt, February 19, 2003
MOSCOW. February 19, 2003. Deputies from the YABLOKO faction of the State Duma are convinced there are other ways and to resolve the Iraqi crisis without war.
More Efficient Than War
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Izvestia, February 11, 2003
Nowadays it is difficult to find a politician in Russia who will not talk about the need to "join Europe".
Russia is a European country. I am convinced that if everything goes well, Russia will be a member of all European
political, economic and defence structures in 10-15 years. These will be mostly new organisations.
Experts: U.S. Must Not Act Like a Cowboy in a Saloon
By Natalia Yefimova, The Moscow Times, February 18, 2003
While there is little Russia can do to stop U.S. military action against Iraq, Moscow should position itself as a "responsible partner," pushing Washington to abide by international law and avoiding rash moves that could jeopardize Russian interests in a postwar Iraq, foreign policy and security experts said Monday.
Grigory Yavlinsky on the War in Iraq
By Nikolai Svanidzye, RTR television channel, February 1, 2003
Russia opposes the war with Iraq. If there is a war, Russia should do everything it can to minimize the number of victims, especially civilian casualties. In addition Russia must ensure a change of Iraqi regime. The totalitarian regime is dangerous for us..
US Omnipotence: What Lies Ahead?
World Economic Forum, Summary, January 25, 2003
In a frank and lively discussion, a sharply divided panel
debated the merits and scope of American power. While the question of war
clouds over Iraq was on everybody's mind, economic, cultural and political
as well as military aspects of American power were broached.
Davos Fights for Trust
By Igor Deryugin, Vesti, January 24, 2003
The World Economic Forum in Davos launched "Fight for Trust". That is the wording used
to describe the topic of the present meeting. The world political and business
elite perceives the situation around Iraq as the main threat to stability.